I woke up, flipped through the pages about the tragedy of the 11 people who died in the accident and only realise the magnitude of the accident. We had been told about the matter yesterday morning by our parish priest Father F.A. It leaves a chill in us as our choir member’s Albert also is just recovering from the hit and run accident recently. Albert is half paralysed and we were talking in sombre tone over Albert’s situation when another one struck us. These are all senseless tragedies, happenning to innocent people and what more a group of people going on their annual pilgrimage.
NIBONG TEBAL: Eleven pilgrims to the annual St Anneâ€™s Feast were killed when the chartered bus they were in rolled over twice at the 160.8 kilometre of the North-South Expressway near here before landing upside down in a ditch.
The dead include six women, an 11-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl.
The fact that two tragedies had happened related to St. Anne’s feast is enough to get some skeptics talking. Why not? People will be thinking out loud with things like, “Why so suey wan…why God never protect them wan….Why so ngam wan..” Well, one can’t help but question God in this way.
But if you are in Christ, faithful to the God, you will not see sufferings as a punishment from God. Actually, I learnt to see things this way long before I know Christ. I cope this way looking at the Muslims parents coping with their own tragedies. Many of these Muslims parents had heart to heart talk with me over the period of time when we were battling with the impending death of our respective children. It is not about Islam but rather how they manage to remain calm and strong (sabar dan tabah) despite of anything because they leave their lives to Allah. Kita sekadar merancang, Allah yang menentukan.
And if you trust in God, see and believe Christ’s sufferings on earth as Son of Man, you will feel that your pain lessens because you know you have an understanding God. When you see Michaelangelo creation of The Pieta, that is enough to tell you that yes, people suffers all the time. Mother Mary cradling the body of Jesus leaves a very profound feelings, not very different from the fireman who carries the 13 years old girl, with this father in agony besides her, isn’t it?
The above .pdf booklet was given to me by a total stranger. She gave me the printed copy after I lost my son. I also read through Phillip Yancey and Zig Ziglar (on his daughter’s death) books and don’t see tragedies as punishment from God or God wasn’t paying attention and hence, it happens. I see it as crosses we have to carry in our lives. Some have bigger crosses, some smaller. To the non-Christians, crosses here refer to burdens and hardships we have to go through lives. Each of us have a cross to carry. Those of who have bigger ones are because they are made stronger. 🙂
One of the photo on the papers brought tears to my eyes. It is a picture of Father Stephen by the bedside of the injured boy. Father Stephen was formerly from my church and he had helped answer many of my rebellious questions on ‘Where is God’ in the smartest way ever. I guess he must be feeling awful over the tragedies because it is related to his church. I hope the families who cannot comprehend the tragedy will look for Father Stephen and listen to his wisdoms.
To the Catholic families who lost their loved ones, I pray that they will turn to Christ for strength and find comfort in Him. I call on St. Anne and the Virgin Mary to run to the shelter them from the pain of losing their loved ones, especially their children.
To the non-Catholics who perished, may God have mercy on your souls and bring you to His Heavenly Kingdom for the faith that you had shown in your lifetime for St. Anne and Christ. For the families, may you all find the reasonings you so much needed and find Christ in the process.